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Hill-Wood: Wenger Will Stay

Hill-Wood: Wenger Will Stay

Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood has told Arsenal TV Online that boss Arsene Wenger is going nowhere after yesterday's shock departure of David Dein.

Within minutes of Dein's departure rumours began that Wenger would be next out the Emirates door, due to close relationship the pair share.

Hill-Wood was swift to reassure fans though, saying: "The relationship that Arsene has with the board is good.

"He is on contract until 2008 and we hope he will extend beyond that."

He added: "It's well known that Arsene and David have got on very well over the past 10 years and I am certain that Arsene will miss him."

Peter went on to deny yet more rumours that Dein's departure was due to lack of transfer funds: "We've always made funds available to Arsene, he attends the board meetings, he understands the financial position," said Hill-Wood.

"I can assure supporters that we will continue to provide funds when Arsene requires them.

"We have a very good squad - young, maybe, but developing well - and if Arsene wants to strengthen it we have the money to provide him with any reasonable purchases he wants to make."



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Writer:Nick Simmonett
Date:Thursday April 19 2007
Time: 11:47AM

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i have to say i'm not worried in the slightest about arsene leaving. he's in total control here and he wont get there anywhere else and he knows that. plus the longer he's been wioth us the more of gooner he's become so he wont leave!
Labwam
19/04/2007 11:53:00
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He'll certainly be here until his contract ends, beyond that? Who can tell at this stage?
Little Dutch
19/04/2007 12:03:00
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Don't LD, you're scaring me!!
Rocky7
19/04/2007 12:11:00
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Yeah, a completely scary thought, LD !! But I do think Wenger is trying to build something here which will last even after he is gone. I just dont think he will achieve that by 2008, mebbe another 2-3 years after that atleast. Anyway this clarification by PHW was good, it came quickly, and I am relieved.
prits
19/04/2007 12:18:00
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Until this board situation has been sorted it would be foolhardy to say whether he will stay beyond his present contract or not. We just can't tell until this stuff has been sorted. But if Kroenke wants into this club, he knows the worst thing he could do would be to undermine his own investment, that means little disruption as possible, that means keeping AW. I am usually not the guy's biggest fan, but check out what arseblog has posted today, it's pretty spot on, there's no need to panic.
Little Dutch
19/04/2007 12:30:00
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I think the comment Kroenke is a business man and will not want to undermine his investment is in the main correct; however it may serve his purpose if he wants to strip the assets and use the money gained elsewhere. Worrying times ahead for us the club and supporters when we don’t need it.
alwaysgunner
19/04/2007 13:15:00
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mark my words, Dein will be back after the club has been bought by kronke and dein will be made as chairman.
PUREGOLD
19/04/2007 14:18:00
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The way PHW has put about the transfer fund is scary. In one of the prev statements some months back, they said anything that AW wants will be done, now it is about REASONABLE purchases. I wonder if there was really a muckup about transfer funds. AW has commented in the past that if he wanted some player DD went further than reasonableness to get him the player. Also he is expressing HOPE that AW stay beyond 2008. It is not a good way to put things. If he(PHW) is sure about Wenger staying longer I think the wording would have been different. So lets wait for this to settle down. Hoping it is resolved as quickly as possible.
questforavalon
19/04/2007 14:37:00
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Yes PG, DD is a mover & shaker and may well try to return with Kroenke, but hopefully the board can hold them off. Even if Dein did return he would create another gulf, since in Arsene's (and most fans') eyes, a takeover would mean the death of tradition... however well AW and DD get on, I dont see how they could reconcile such diametrically opposed stances. Whatever these guys are gonna do, I hope they show their hand quick so we dont have to stew on this for months and years.
Andy-bayor
19/04/2007 14:45:00
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Why are people so opposed to a takeover?? (Not that I think it will happen now). What are these traditions that no foreigner especially an american, could possible bring to the club?? Kroenke is a proven sports fanatic, who doesn't buy teams for profit alone but for success. His money was made through property not through asset stripping sports clubs. DD wanted Wenger to have the best players & real money available, but the rest of the board have not supported him. Now Dein has gone there will be nobody on that board fighting Wenger's corner so he will be living on a smaller budget than ever before. Unless PHW & the rest get out of the dark ages then this club is going to end up a midtable team with debts they cannot possible pay.
Ashburton Gooner
19/04/2007 15:09:00
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